CALENDAR – February 2018
Location is New Haven unless noted otherwise.
Thursday, Feb. 1
Happy Birthday, Langston Hughes.
Throughout February, Quinnipiac University will feature an exhibition and host events in honor of Frederick Douglass. Info: Ann Marie Godbout, Assistant to Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute, (203) 582-6576, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, visit https://www.qu.edu/on-campus/institutes-centers/irelands-great-hunger-institute/frederick-douglass-remembered.html. *
Thursday, Feb. 1, noon
Attending to the Ordinary, new photographs by Joy Bush that reorganizes the ordinary and familiar. City Gallery, 994 State St.
Saturday, Feb. 3, 10 a.m.-noon
Grow It! Cool weather crops workshop with Rachel Ziesk, advanced master gardener. Start your garden as soon as the snow is gone. This class covers how to plant these crops and manage the pests and diseases that affect them. $20 per class, some scholarships available. Neighborhood Housing Services, 333 Sherman Avenue. Call to register: (203) 562-0598, ext. 231. *
Monday, February 5, 5:30 pm
Gina’s Story: The Search for William Grimes. Join us for a FREE film screening that follows the quest of one woman, Regina Mason, in tracing the steps of her ancestor, who traveled along the Underground Railroad to freedom, and authored the first fugitive slave narrative in U.S. history. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A session and book signing. For more info.
Monday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m.
Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice will mark the cost of the continuing violence in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Middle East by placing the January stone on the Memorial Cairn at the intersection of Broadway, Elm and Park streets, inscribed with the January death toll of U.S. military personnel and the approximate numbers of civilians killed during that same period. This endless war has gone on for sixteen years. *
Monday, Feb. 5, 5:30 p.m.
Price of Freedom: A special screening of Regina Mason’s documentary “Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes,” based on research of her ancestor, a former slave who escaped to freedom, lived in New Haven, and penned the first fugitive-slave narrative in U.S. history. Free at the New Haven Museum in partnership with the Amistad Com-mittee Inc. and Friends of Grove Street Cemetery. Followed by a Q&A and a book signing. New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave. *
Saturday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m.-noon
Grow It! Warm weather crops workshop with Rachel Ziesk, advanced master gardener. How to make the most of your garden, which crops are best started indoors, what can be directly seeded into the ground. $20, some scholarships available. Neighborhood Housing Services, 333 Sherman Avenue. Call to register (203) 562-0598, ext. 231. *
Saturday, Feb. 10, potluck at 6 p.m., talk at 7 p.m.
New Haven Bioregional Group invites you to a solar workshop. Solarize New Haven and RGS Energy can answer your questions about getting solar panels. Discount prices are available for people who sign up before March 7. http://www.SolarizeCT.com/New-Haven.
Sunday, Feb. 11, 1-2:30 p.m.
Solarize workshop, NH Friends Meeting, 225 E. Grand Ave. *
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2 p.m.
25th-anniversary screening of The Wedding Banquet, Ang Lee’s Oscar-nominated romantic comedy about a gay couple in New York and their friend in need of a green card, presented by the Yale Film Study Center and Films at the Whitney. Free. Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. *
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Mardi Gras Fundraiser, NHF Public Library Foundation, a fun, festive celebration of New Haven—food and drink, live music and entertainment, and a Mardi Gras parade! RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/2001242346784723/. Admission: $80. Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison St. *
Thursday, February 15, 5:30 p.m.
Artist Talk. Nadir Balan. Local artist Nadir Balan discusses his work in “The Courier: Tales from the Great War.” Balan is an award-winning graphic artist commissioned by the New Haven Museum to bring to life excerpts from the World War I diary of Lt. Philip H. English, in six thought-provoking murals.
Friday, Feb. 16 – Saturday, Feb. 17
Rebellious Lawyering Conference, the largest student-run public interest conference in the United States. Keynote speakers: Sujatha Baliga, Chinyere Ezie, and Kimberlé Crenshaw. Practitioners, law students, and community activists from around the country discuss innovative, progressive approaches to law and social change. Info: http://reblaw.yale.edu. Yale Law School, 127 Wall St. *
Saturday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lunarfest – Celebrate the Year of the Dog and the Chinese New Year with the New Haven Museum, the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University and the Yale-China Association. Hands-on workshops, talks, and performances for all ages. Free and open to the public, but space is limited for some activities. 10 a.m.: a colorful lion dance and performances on Whitney Ave. between Grove and Trumbull streets. At 1 p.m., indoor events at three locations: New Haven Museum (114 Whitney Ave.), the Council on East Asian Studies, Luce Hall (34 Hillhouse Ave.), and the Yale-China Association (442 Temple St.). Info: http://www.yalechina.org/lunarfest or (203) 432-3427.
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m.
Talk: “Frederick Douglass: New Haven to Great Britain.” Frederick Douglass, well-known abolitionist, spoke several times in New Haven and gave speeches during his quest to end slavery in the United States, but did you know Douglass traveled abroad to encourage the abolitionist movement? Hannah-Rose Murray, Ph.D., will discuss the differences between public and press regarding abolition here and in Great Britain. Murray received a Ph.D. from the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham and is a visiting Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University.
Friday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.
The Yale Film Study celebrates the 50th anniversary of the acquisition of the Yale Collection of Classic Films with 16mm selections from Yale’s first motion picture collection, The Mark Of Zorro with Douglas Fairbanks and The Balloonatic with Buster Keaton. Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. *
Saturday, Feb. 24 10 a.m.-noon
Grow It! Seed starting and composting workshop with Rachel Ziesk, advanced master gardener. Learn how to start seeds growing indoors and how to keep a compost pile. Participants will plant seeds to take home. $20, some scholarships available. Neighborhood Housing Services, 333 Sherman Ave. Call to register (203) 562-0598, ext. 231. *
Saturday, Feb. 24, Noon-6 p.m.
Teach-In : Explore the Toughest Questions Facing the Climate Movement. Ernest O. St. Jacques Auditorium, Elmwood Community Center, 1106 New Britain Ave., West Hartford.
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Saturday, March 3, 6 p.m.
The Middle East Crisis Committee fund-raising party “Struggle, Resistance and Resilience in Solidarity with the Palestinian People.” FUUS, 608 Whitney Ave.